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Senokot is the brand name for the senna based laxatives and works on the lower bowel to relieve constipation. Now, if you're squeamish about toilet habits then it's probably best you don't read this review ;).
Essentially the senna (active ingredient in the laxative) will stimulate the small bowel, making it contract (and feel like cramps down below) and move the 'waste' downwards. You may also feel some pressure on the anus once the laxatives begin to work. I would say it's best to go with how your body feels on this one rather to force your body to push out anything.
I first discovered these laxatives after the smaller dosage tablets began to get ridiculous - I would often times find myself taking up to 20 tablets (a full pack) every time I was constipated. Definitely NOT the stated dosage but if I took anything under this it just didn't work at all and left me in pain for days, eventually resulting in trips to A&E all for them to send me home with a big bottle of Fybogel or some other liquid laxative that didn't work. My problems were three benign growths inside my small gut, but I didn't know about them at the time. They made my life a misery and utter hell. At one point there was a whole 18 months where every week I was at the GP surgery, backed up with constipation, awaiting on another enema to be administered.
I can't complain too much as I was still able to work and continue my education - although, barely - and held down friendships and relationships at the time, too. I think my sheer stubborn-ness to not give in or up kept me going and kept me sane, as well as the knowledge that a packet of Sennokot was never too far from my grasp ;).
So, like I said, I had tried every laxative under the sun and it seemed silly to down a pack of Sennokot every time I got backed up. So when they released these new extra strength laxatives I was pretty happy. One of these tablets equals two 'normal' dose Sennokot tablets. But these are big buggers! And in preparation for going on holiday to Tenerife I learned that lesson the hard way.
I was going on holiday and the night before I left I took some of these tablets. I was either constipated or on the verge of becoming constipated at the time but I remember swallowing one of the tablets - it got stuck in my throat and hurt like hell the next day! :(
They really do look like horse tablets but to avoid them not going down so well I'd suggest lubricating your throat with a good drink of water beforehand. I've always done that since and haven't had a problem with them. They're also, strangely, a light poo colour! Haha. Round in shape, they also have a strange fig-like after taste to them.
I found I only needed to take about 4 of these tablets, which equates to 8 'normal' Sennokot tablets. I can't even remember what the recommended dosage is, but it's always wise to check dosage and read the leaflet from cover to cover when you buy these - just so you know what you're getting yourself into with them.
The company that make these laxatives take the view that they can't become addictive but to me that's rubbish - anything can become addictive! Seeing as addiction is defined as the use of a mood altering substance or behaviour despite bad consequences I would say that yes, laxatives can be addictive. I've also met people whose doctors have weaned them off laxatives gradually and found myself in the same boat, although I didn't go through my GP I did wean myself off laxatives after a long term period of using them.
I was also taking a crazy amount because for some reason the smaller doses wouldn't work. I'm not sure if this is attributed to the growths I had inside my body or my gut becoming dependent on the laxative effect.
Best time to take laxatives? At night time for adults, right before bed. That way you're not dealing with cramps all day long. I found that I had severe cramping (that was worse than the cramps I experienced while 10cm dilated in labour) for about an hour. I would be bent double with my mum rubbing my lower back. The relief is instant when it does come so the objective is fulfilled ;). Although I will say that you might experience 'loose' bowels (aka the skits) for the next few days after taking these. Usually take around 8-10 hours to work.
I would definitely never give laxatives to a child. Ever. But if needs must then I would give them laxatives during the day rather than at night, just so I could observe the effect the medicine had on them.
The increase in all these brand new 'types' of laxatives being on the market tells me that people don't eat enough dietary fibre - aka fibre in their diet. A whole lot of processed white flour is used in all manner of food, with people eating increased amounts of people eating take away foods. Now I'm not going to deny anyone the odd Chinese meal but I'd say if you're having problems with constipation and don't have any other symptoms of a bowel problem then you should have a good, hard look at your diet rather than reach for the laxatives.
When I started having these bowel problems I immediately stopped eating any kind of white flour foods - they just aren't good for you! And it didn't make any kind of difference. The only thing that worked was having my growths removed and since then I haven't had any issues whatsoever because I have a 'normal' healthy gut now that is nourished with fibre-rich foods and doesn't need laxatives to help it run.
Overall I would say use this product with caution, try to up your fibre intake first and use laxatives as a last resort.
* This review will discuss bodily functions, so if talking about poo makes you nauseous then now's the time to click away. Don't say you haven't been warned.
I live with a condition called hypermobility and an aspect of this syndrome is weak joints that often give way leading to permanent damage and in my case a lot of pain. Among the different medications I take to control this pain is Codeine, which provides fairly good pain relief but with the price of moderate to severe constipation (which is also a symptom of hypermobility in itself). The vast majority of the time I keep the constipation in check by limiting my codeine intake and ensuring I eat lots of poo inducing food, but there are times when I find myself totally bound up. At times like this my body needs a little help and after having trialled various different medications I've discovered that in my case Senokot is my drug of choice.
Although I've never been what you would call regular in my movements (how I envy those people who poo at the same time every day) I can normally poo at least once a day, even if that poo is uncomfortably hard and takes a lot of straining. But should I need to take codeine more than twice a day for more than a day all my motions stop completely leaving me feeling bloated with stomach cramps and this is when I find myself needing help. In the last two years I've tried all of the various "flavours" of Senokot, including the original, comfort and these the Max Strength and at various points throughout this review I will be comparing them to the other varieties.
Senokot Max Strength is a laxative in tablet form that contains an amount of senna equivalent to 15mg of sennosides, which happens to be exactly twice the amount of senna to that found in the standard tablets. They also contain calcium phosphate, maize starch, lactose and magnesium stearate, so if you are allergic to or have sensitivities to any of these you should avoid these tablets. The tablets contain natural Senna (from Senna pods) that has been treated so that there is a consistent amount in each dose. The tablets are fairly small, but funnily enough twice the size of the standard Senokot, and easily swallowed with a glass of water. The maximum dose is one tablet in any 24 hour period and it's recommended to take one before bed as they take 8-12 hours to work. These tablets are only recommended for those over the age of 12 (unless advised by a doctor) and you should consult
a doctor if you have not passed a motion within three days, if you need to take them everyday or abdominal pain persists. I would also recommend speaking to your doctor or midwife before taking these while pregnant, as I was advised to only take one of the standard tablets as it is possible for these to cause the womb to contract as they stimulate the bowel. But I was told they are safe to take while breast-feeding as the active ingredient doesn't pass into the bloodstream.
Senna itself is a natural product derived from the leaves or seed pods of he Senna plant. Senna has been used for centuries to purge the bowels and works by irritating the colon and causing it to spasm, literally pushing the poo out. What senna does not do is soften the poo, so it will not make passing that hard, solid mass any less painful, but it will make it so you really have to go. Just because Senna is natural that doesn't mean it's safe to take in excess or that you may not have an adverse reaction. Something I didn't know is that as well as being a purgative Senna is also a stimulant and is often used in dieter's teas as it is not only a laxative but also reduces appetite. Because it is a stimulant, I would recommend speaking to your doctor before taking it if you suffer from a condition such as heart disease or high blood pressure.
==Me and My Poos==
My recent bout of constipation started about a week ago, I was pooing but not as much as I should have and was starting to feel bloated and experiencing the tell tale stinky farts that are my body's way of telling me I needed a clear out before I blocked up completely. Realising that I needed a bit of help in the poo department I went to take some Senokot, only to discover I had run out. So I called my partner at work and asked him to pick me up some Senokot Comfort (my Senokot of choice), only for him to bring me back a pack of Senokot Max, which he picked up at the very reasonable price of £1.50 for 24 tablets.
After reading the instructions printed on the back of the box (there wasn't an information leaflet) I took one tablet along with a glass of water before bed. While bigger than the standard tablets, the tablet was small enough to not give any problems when it came to swallowing, even though it did look a slightly murky green. I actually took the tablet at about 10pm and found that my sleep wasn't disturbed by any stomach cramps. By about eight the next morning I was starting to feel the urge to poo, and shortly after the clear out began. As Senokot Max doesn't contain any softening ingredients that poo wasn't the most comfortable of experiences. I still felt blocked but was experiencing waves of cramps along with an irresistible urge to poo. Ten minutes later and with the help of the Senokot irritating my bowels into action later the blockage was cleared and over the space of the day I steadily cleared out and started to feel normal again.
I'm not going to say using Senokot gave me the most comfortable visit to the toilet or made clearing the blockage any less painful, but it did make easier and forced my bowels into action. I find that it generally takes ten hours for the Senokot to start kicking my bowels into action and then after the first poo I'll spend the rest of the day clearing out, experiencing uncomfortable (but not particularly painful) cramps and very little notice that a poo is on the way. I certainly wouldn't take these the night before going out for the day as I need to be very close to a toilet. I, personally, find that I have a residual effect from the Senokot for a couple of days after taking them, as I'm able to poo near enough normally for a while before becoming bunged up again.
Although this particular version of Senokot wouldn't be my laxative of choice (I far prefer the Comfort that also soften the poo), I do find that they are very effective. While it's nice that I only have to take one tablet, I think I prefer the flexibility of the standard tablets where I can see if only one tablet will do the job. Still if given the choice between repeating the experience of being totally bunged up for a week (the blockage was so big I ended up bruised, if you know what I mean) and taking one of these tablets as soon as the blockage appears, then these win. As to a recommendation, well that's quite difficult as although these work, I can't help but remember that the Comfort tablets make the experience that much more pleasant (if pooing could ever be called pleasant). So I'm giving the Senokot Max four stars out of five with them losing that star because that first poo is still so painful.
Senokot Max Strength with senna contains natural senna but is double the strength of senokot tablets and can be used to gently and effectively treat the problem of constipation.
This laxative is made with natural senna which gives enough active ingredient in each dose to give a predictable and reliable relief from occasional constipation.
The tablets which are swallowed come in two strips of 12 in a box and are a rather unappetising beige colour which also have a fairly unplesant odour.
It is best to take one tablet at night and usually this will be enough to relief the constipation the next morning and only one tablet should be consumed within a 24 hour period as these are quite strong and more could lead to the reverse and an upset stomach. It usually takes between 8 and 12 hours to work.
These are only for occasional use and if your symptons are not improved you should consult with your doctor however the one tablet does can be repeated until normal bowel action is restored but if this does not occur within three days, it is recommended that you consult your doctor before taking any more doses.
As with all medicines these should be kept out of reach of children and notice should be taken of the warnings on the back of the box, i.e. do nt use if your abdomen is tender to touch or hurts when you move or you have a sharp or persistent pain alongside your constipation.
I have found these tablets to work every time I have treated the odd bout of constipation and have never suffered any side effects from taking them and although are based on natural ingredients I have found them to be very effective and reliable so can happily recommend them to you as a good item to have in your medicine drawer. Children over the age of 12 can use these, those under that age should not take them without first consulting with their doctor.
A box of 24 tablets costs £3.85 from points (plus you receive 12 advantage card points) although if you shop around you may well find these cheaper.
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It seems strange that consumers are taken in by products claiming 'Max Strength' which then cost much more than taking the equivalent dose of the standard product. Quite simply, you can get the same effect by taking extra of the standard dose - or indeed, by taking an equivalent dosage of a 'supermarket own brand' product. Senokot has the name and the TV adverts to encourage consumers, but like all such products, the ingredients are exactly the same as those in supermarket brand laxatives.
Experience in using Senokot max strength suggests that results can vary! On one occasion, within an hour or so I had had a quick but fairly productive lavatory trip. I was expecting more 8-12 hours later - surely it couldn't have gone through my system so fast?! However, that was the only 'result' on that particular occasion.
A more typical experience generally begins 10-12 hours later. Strange audible gurglings are usually followed by - alas - the cramps we all experience with upset stomachs. However, unlike with upset stomachs these usually only occur for 20 minutes or so before - BOOM! - the package is released (ahem) and all is well with the world. Also unlike with upset stomachs, usually only one or two toilet trips are required.
A word of warning - senna works by drawing water into the bowel to soften your motions. It is therefore essential that you drink lots of extra water to make up for the water lost.
These tablets have existed for a number of years and have been a faithful standby in many a bathroom cabinet up and down the land. The first thing that strikes me about the Max Strength option is that it is tantamount to saying that the ordinary ones are not up to the job.
So, with Big Jobbies being the ultimate objective, do these tablets work? In our family, it's a Yes and a No. This laxative claims to be gentle on the bowel, but for one of us, that could not reasonably be said. She was playing botty burp tunes by the time it took its full effect and there then followed a scene reminiscent of The Clampetts striking oil - for those of you who go back a long way and can remember The Hillbillies.
For me, it was all too gentle on the bowel - not a sausage, you might say.
The active ingredient in this product is Senna. Of course, the temptation for those of us who are still struggling is to overdose, but remember that these are MAX Strength talets so best to go and see the doctor if the problem persists.
I never usually get constipated but recently after 2 weeks on antibiotics and painkillers I found myself, as the saying goes, bunged up. I tried the extra fruit and fibre but it was obvious I needed a kick start so I went and got some Senokot Max Strength.
They can be found in chemists and most supermarkets. Tesco sell them for £3.56 for 24 tablets.
Senokot Max Strength come in a green box. The name is on the front and the words "Gentle effective constipation relief" are written underneath. Also the claims that Senokot Max Strength are
Double the strength of Senokot Tablets
They work within 8-12 hours
Predictable action ( this one made me smile)
The directions and ingredients are printed on the back of the box.
You need to take 1 tablet at night with a glass of water. This is then repeated the following night if you are still constipated. Children under 12 should see their GP.
The ingredients are:-
The actual tablets come in 2 strips. They push out easily enough and are a nasty greeny/brown colour. They smell faintly "herby". They are quite rough to feel and I found they did not slip down nicely! I think just the colour and texture of them put me of. In fact just writing this is making me feel a bit queasy. Anyway after a bit of spluttering I managed to swallow one of the tablets and went to bed hoping that the morning would bring some relief. I didn't experience any stomach pain from taking the tablet as the box suggested I might.
Well quite simply they work! I woke up with a slight tummy ache but nothing too terrible. I had my coffee and breakfast as usual and then I had to run. I was very relived and pleased they worked after just one tablet.
As for the claim on the box that Snokot "will give you gentle relief from constipation" Mmmm I beg to differ! The relief was effective but I wouldn't call it gentle.
All in all Senokot Max Strength are very good. They were not easy for me to swallow and they were far from gentle but they did work and that was the main thing.
I would definitely recommend them to anyone who is a bit constipated.
The box does tell you that if you remain constipated after 3 days you should go to your doctor.
Many things can be a cause of constipation, some minor however some more serious so if you regularly have problems with constipation it is vital to consult a doctor.
The most common cause of constipation is a lack fibre in the diet or a change in your normal diet particularly when trying to lose weight and a third cause is if you are taking medicines in particular painkillers.
There are a lot of laxatives on the market for occasional constipation, but the one I use and have in my cupboard always, is Senokot Max strength, which contains natural Senna. Senna is a natural ingredient extracted from the Senna plant and works by stimulatiing the digestive system aiding the process that moves food from the large intentine through the colon easily, relieving constipation gently.
Senokot Max strength Senna tablets can be used by children over 12yrs and adults. Take 1 table with a glass of water before bedtime, the does can be repeated the next night if needed but if you are still constipated after taking the tablets 3 nights in a row then you must consult a doctor
I have found this great product for relieving constipation caused by dieting or the use of painkillers and have never needed to take more than one dose. They do not cause stomach ache in me or any other side effects. However there are some warnings and precautions written on the box.
These tablets can be bought from supermarkets for around £3.56 for 24 but if you have never used laxatives before and are not taking painkillers or on a diet it would be better to talk to the pharmacist first before going ahead to see if he thinks it is just a case of being bunged up or something more serious when he would advise you to consult a doctor
In recent weeks I have suffered from constipation to varying degrees. Unfortunately this is a side effect of a specific medication I take, so I have become adept in treating it myself without having to visit the doctor and discuss this rather embarrassing ailment. Usually I will try upping the fruit and vegetables in my diet, perhaps eating a few squares of high quality dark chocolate, to help move things along. This time, however, I was well and truly bunged up - apologies, but there really is no other way to describe it.
I bought these Senokot Max Strength tablets from Boots, I have used the standard Senokot before and have been impressed with them but this time around I felt I needed the extra boost of the higher strength preparation.
They are basically laxatives, you take one tablet at bedtime and while you're asleep it will help loosen your stools in order for you to successfully go to the toilet the following day. According to the box the tablets take 8 - 12 hours to work, so with this in mind I don't see that it's essential to take it at night and in my experience it works just as well if taken in the morning.
The tablets are rather large and bulky, it is recommended you take it with a large glass of water and I would certainly second that as they do have a strange herbal 'fibre' taste which can linger in your mouth if you don't wash the tablet down well enough. Personally I like to take them with a glass of pure orange juice as this will work with the tablets to help you visit the toilet a little quicker again.
I have found with Senokot Max Strength that it is a very gentle way to help get things moving again; if taken at night when you wake up in the morning you will probably have an urge to go to the toilet but these are definitely not like the laxatives of old, where you would have to ensure you were near a lavatory at all times such was the speed of evacuation. They do work slightly quicker than the standard Senokot tablets and also help to empty your bowels as much as possible in order to allow you to begin the day with a clean slate, so to speak.
Do not panic if you wake up and still feel constipated, the tablets will carry on working throughout the day and eventually you will successfully visit the toilet. With these kinds of laxatives there are so many conflicting areas; your overall diet, drinking habits, the length of time it has been since you went to the toilet etc. Personally, I had not 'been' for several days and I was beginning to feel a little poorly due to this. As you probably know, when you have a severe constipation problem this can make you feel extremely lethargic, heavy and generally causes you to feel very unlike yourself.
My only disappointment with Senokot Max is the slight abdominal pain I experienced after taking my second dose, this actually heralded the urge I felt to go to the bathroom and it put me in mind of the slight stomach cramps you suffer when cursed with 'the runs'. Not long after the squelchy, sharp pains began I went to the toilet - and, as I'm sure you can all understand, was very grateful for this! I would, perhaps, consider taking a couple of paracetamol in conjunction with the Senokot Max to counteract this painful side effect of the tablet, although it's by no means severe pain but rather irritating on top of the ache I was feeling as a result of my constipation.
Personally I found I was able to go to the toilet after the second tablet I took, although I didn't feel particularly in control of my own bowels again until I had taken Senokot Max for four consecutive days. By then I felt comfortable enough to stop taking them, although wouldn't have hesitated to go back to the tablets for a few more days if I felt I needed longer.
The active ingredient in Senokot Max Strength is Senna, this is a natural herbal treatment for constipation. You can buy Senna plants and use the leaves and seeds to make your own remedy, although it can be an extremely strong laxative and different plants will have different levels of useable Senna so I personally would recommend you buy something like Senokot where all the guesswork has been taken out of the dosage. Also, the most common way of taking Senna is in a tea-like preparation and this not only tastes very unpleasant and bitter but also can have an explosive effect on the bowels and quite literally have you running for the nearest toilet.
There are not many people for whom Senokot Max Strength is unsuitable, in fact there are no groups who are actually forbidden to take it. Pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding are advised to consult their doctor before taking these tablets, because of the abdominal cramps it is recommended that anyone suffering from any gastric ailments should also speak to a doctor or pharmacist before embarking on a course of Senokot.
It is advised that you take only one Senokot Max Strength tablet in any 24 hour period, personally I have taken two daily during my recent bout of constipation (one in the morning and one at night) and have not suffered any adverse effects. I do feel that I was 'cured' a little quicker doing this, but whether you do this or not will obviously have to depend on your own personal circumstances as it may not be possible to do this if you have a particularly busy life style and are away from your home (and bathroom!) for long periods of time.
Another thing to remember is that if you take any sort of laxative for a long period of time it can result in a health condition known as Lazy Bowel Syndrome, this is fairly uncommon but as I understand can be a rather nasty complaint to treat. In essence it means that you will become unable to evacuate your bowls without artificial help, thereby causing an addiction of sorts. If your constipation has not resolved itself within, say, fourteen days I would certainly recommend you go and speak to your doctor about it as he may wish to prescribe you something a little more medicinal than Senokot - and don't forget that your constipation may be a symptom of an underlying health issue so do not be tempted to self-treat for too long.
Overall, for an effective way to treat occasional constipation I would definitely recommend Senokot Max Strength. I have come to recognise when constipation is rearing it's ugly head so I can begin treatment very early, thus avoiding the awful feeling of being completely 'blocked up' as in matters of the bowel prevention is certainly kinder than cure.
Senokot Max Strength tablets can be bought in Boots and the current price is £3.85 for a box of 24 tablets, which is in effect 24 days supply. Larger boxes are available but frankly if you need more than 24 doses of this laxative then you should really be consulting your doctor to find out what the problem is.
Senokot Max Strength are double the strength of Senokot tablets / They contain natural senna and provide predictable relief in 8-12 hours.